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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Suarez Set for Awkward Reunion with Ex 'Victims' in Champions League Final



Alvaro Morata returned to the Bernabeu where he began his career before being shipped to Turin barely a year ago and scored the goal that knocked out his former employers out of the Champions League.

The 22-year-old Real Madrid Castilla product scored in the first leg for Juventus in their 2-1 win but his goal in the return leg at the Bernabeu was more decisive as it earned the Old Lady a 1-1 draw and 3-2 aggregate win which sent them to their first Champions League final in 12 years.

Juventus who have already wrapped up the Italian Scudetto title will face La Liga Champions-elect Barcelona in the June 6 final in Berlin.

While the final itself is something worth looking forward to, there will be one awkward get-together that has got the football world chomping at the bit with impatience.

During his time in England, Luis Suarez was a darling of British tabloid newspapers for one reason; he made the wrong headlines.

From raising the middle finger at Fulham fans to biting Branislav Ivanovic, controversy followed Suarez like a moth at the sight of light.

However, for the sake of Barcelona’s Champions League final against Juventus, two incidences will be on replay. Suarez will come up against two Juventus players who have played a part in his chequered career; Patrice Evra and Giorgio Chiellini.

In October 2011, Suarez, then playing for Liverpool, was charged for racially abusing Patrice Evra, then of Manchester United, in a fiery 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield. He was banned for eight games and charged £40,000 in the aftermath of the incident which he vehemently denied. Suarez would then snub Evra’s offer of a pre-match handshake when the duo clashed again at Old Trafford, just a week after his ban had ended.

Then in one of the most shocking moments in FIFA World Cup history, the Uruguayan sunk his teeth in the arm of Italian defender Chiellini when their national teams clashed in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It was the third time Suarez was taking a bite out of an opponent having done so against PSV’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in the Eredivisie and also on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while at Liverpool.

The Chiellini bite earned Suarez a four-month ban from all football related activities and a nine-match ban. In total, the Evra and Chiellini incidences have seen Suarez banned for a cumulative 17 games, four months and £40,000 fine.

The Uruguayan moved to Barcelona last summer and has been hitting the Spanish headlines for all the right reasons as part of a devastating MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) attack for Barcelona.

Nothing controversial, yet.

The Champions League final in Berlin on June 6 will be a spectacle worth watching. However, the awkward set up of Suarez being in opposite ends with Evra and Chiellini will be the icing on the cake.

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